DSIT Receives an Order for 78 PointShield Portable Diver Detection Sonars
Givat Shmuel, Israel, December 25, 2017
DSIT Solutions Ltd. announced today that it has signed a contract with Tata Power SED (India) to jointly supply 78 PointShield Portable Diver Detection Sonar (PDDS) units to the Indian Navy. The order is considered to be the largest ever in the field of underwater security systems.
The PointShield systems are to be supplied to the Indian Navy under a special procurement program called “Buy Make India”. Under this program some of the Diver Detection Sonars will be delivered by DSIT directly while the rest will be manufactured by Tata Power SED in India with DSIT’s supervision and support. The Indian Ministry of Defense selected Tata Power SED and DSIT after a tender process, in which all international Diver Detection Sonar manufacturers as well as large Indian companies participated. The process included rigorous sea trials, technical evaluation and commercial bidding.
Dan Ben Dov, DSIT’S Vice President for Sales and Marketing, commented, “This significant order strengthens DSIT’s position as the market leader in the field of underwater security. It shows the growing concern among navies, coastguards and other organizations, seeking to protect their coastal and offshore critical sites and vessels from underwater intrusion and sabotage. With our AquaShield long range Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) and PointShield Portable DDS, we are ready to answer the market needs”.
DSIT’s AquaShield and PointShield underwater security systems are used by many customers worldwide. Both systems have been operational for many years and support automatic detection, tracking and classification of all types of underwater threats.
Benny Sela, CEO of DSIT, remarked, “We see this order as an important vote of confidence in our superior technology by the Indian Navy choosing us to protect their fleet against underwater threats. We are looking forward to working closely with Tata Power SED and delivering to the Indian Navy high performance and quality systems. We look at this project as an opportunity to launch a long and fruitful cooperation between the companies for the benefit of our joint customer.”
Naftoport has been using DSIT’s AquaShield Underwater Security System for the past 10 years. Naftoport’s critical infrastructure is located in the Baltic Sea and the first AquaShield DDS system was ordered by Naftoport in 2007 to protect it from underwater intrusion and sabotage. Last year, following the oil terminal’s expansion and the building of an additional loading pier, Naftport decided to order a second AquaShield DDS unit to cover the added terminal area.
Benny Sela, President of DSIT, commented, “DSIT delivered the project on time and on budget. We will continue to maintain Naftoport’s high level of satisfaction using a local Polish engineering company who will provide Naftoport with quick and efficient maintenance and support services.”
The two AquaShield DDS systems are integrated into one comprehensive Command and Control system, providing around-the-clock monitoring of all water approaches to the terminal. The system is fully automatic, including detection, tracking, classification and alert features.